Reflections and Expectations: Sweet Spots

Boston Common, VTA light rail and Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Boston Common, VTA light rail and Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

A second visit to Boston, mingling with transportation pros and a chocolate kind of day. Let’s look back at the month that was in the latest Reflections and Expectations.

September

(clockwise, from top left) Leonard Zakim bridge, Mike's Pastry in North End, Paul Revere House in North End, Old State House and a Labor Day fireworks show at the Boston Harbor

(clockwise, from top left) Leonard Zakim bridge, Mike’s Pastry in North End, Paul Revere House in North End, Old State House and a Labor Day fireworks show at the Boston Harbor

Boston – Second time’s the charm.

Nearly two years to the day since my inaugural trip in 2013, I made my way back to Boston for a second trip to the city during Labor Day weekend. It’s my first and only out-of-state trip for 2015.

I see this trip as a continuation of my first trip in 2013, visiting all the landmarks and destinations I didn’t get to visit the first time around. I visited the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Markets, Revere Beach and Paul Revere’s House among others. I also stopped by to watch a Labor Day fireworks show on that Saturday night in North End as well as revisiting Mike’s Pastry in that same neighborhood on all three days of my trip.

If the pattern holds, I look forward to my next trip in September 2017.

South Bay Mixer – This is probably the first networking event I attended since I joined MTCo in April. On Sept. 10, I had an opportunity to connect with some fantastic transportation professionals at this event in Downtown San Jose. It’s the first networking event in years where I wasn’t pining for jobs but rather cultivating professional relationships with my industry peers. Good thing I can focus more on the latter now.

Chocolate overload at the 20th annual #Ghirardelli chocolate festival in #SF.

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – I went up to San Francisco Sept. 12 for the 20th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. The event near Ghirardelli Square is reminiscent of a street fair, lined with rows of vendors offering up chocolates, pastries, chocolate-infused coffee and tea among other delicacies. I treated myself to 15 of these — as the ticket suggests — during the three hours I was at the event. I should remind myself to go to weekend events like this more often. It’s a fun, sweet and productive way to spend an otherwise dull Saturday afternoon.

October

  • Grad school – I’m taking the next quarter (October to December) off due to course availability issues. I’ll be back into the swing of things in January for my almost-final semester at SJSU.
  • Yoga – I’m still at it, going in for vinyasa classes each Wednesday night at a yoga studio in Downtown Campbell. I still enjoy doing this as a weekly routine.

How was your summer? What are you looking forward to this fall season? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.

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